What are the benefits of an Epsom salt detox?

Share on PinterestIncluding Epsom salt in a warm bath may help with relaxation and stress relief.

The two main ingredients of Epsom salt are magnesium and sulfate. It is believed the combination of both ingredients stimulates detoxification pathways.

Magnesium is a natural substance that aids a variety of bodily functions, including the removal of toxins. Sulfate can strengthen the walls of the digestive tract and make releasing toxins easier.

There is little scientific research documenting the detoxifying effects of Epsom salt. However, advocates of it argue that an Epsom salt detox bath may have the following benefits:

Soothe the skin

Epsom salt bathwater can soften rough, dry skin, and exfoliate dead skin cells. It may also soothe skin affected by skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

It is a good idea to check with a doctor before soaking in Epsom salt if a person has a skin condition, as it may make the symptoms worse.

Reduce soreness and pain

An Epsom salt bath may provide pain relief and reduce swelling in people living with certain types of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and psoriatic arthritis.

Low levels of magnesium can ease the pain in people with arthritis. Epsom salt contains magnesium and may help the body get rid of toxins responsible for exacerbating inflammation while also reducing swelling, stiffness, and pain.

Reduce stress

Healthy magnesium levels can boost brain neurotransmitters that are responsible for inducing sleep and reducing stress. Magnesium may also promote melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.

People feeling stressed and overwhelmed may benefit from taking an Epsom salt bath. Some research has found that people who are suffering from mental and physical stress benefit when their magnesium levels are managed. While the study looked at oral supplements, Epsom salt could have a similar effect.

Taking a warm bath can also help a person relax by allowing them to release muscle tension and recuperate after a long day.

Promote foot health

Epsom salt may help treat athlete’s foot and ingrown toenail infections. A person can bathe in a tub with Epsom salt water or soak feet in warm water and Epsom salt to help feet heal faster and relieve itching.

Soaking the feet in Epsom salts may also help reduce foot odor.

Draw out splinters

Splinters can be difficult to remove without pushing them further into the skin. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath for a few minutes can reduce inflammation in the affected area, soften the splinter, and make it easier to remove.

5 Reasons To Take A Detox Bath

Why A Detox Bath?

1. To remove toxins.

Everyone is toxic to some degree. Toxins are in the air, in our water & in our genetically modified foods. They are in the products we put on our bodies & even in the clothes we wear. There is no avoiding toxins in the world we live in. Even before you leave the house in the morning, you have been exposed to numerous toxins. The chemicals in your shampoo and soaps, your moisturizer, your makeup, your toothpaste…even the water that comes out of your shower head. If you ate fruit & yogurt for breakfast –though healthy–the fruit contains pesticides and the yogurt (unless organic) can have toxins in it.

Dr. Oz just did a show showing that toxins from plastics are in almost everyone of us in the form of phthalates. Our foods that come wrapped in plastic or in plastic containers, especially if they are high fat, absorb phthalates and then get into our system. The plastic bags we use in our kid’s lunches have phthalates in them. It seems it is almost inescapable…and phthalates are just one toxin that affects our bodies in negative ways.

Another toxin that most people are exposed to is PCB’s in the lining of food cans. Did you know that there are also PCB’s on receipts? It is used to prevent the color on paper from running or bleeding. I don’t know about you, but I am not in the habit of washing my hands after touching receipts–who knew we needed to? There are numerous chemicals in cleaners that we use, paint we use in our homes, fertilizers we use on our yards — the list goes on and on. Toxins are unavoidable in the modern world.

One can educate themselves and take steps to avoid many toxins, but in reading the above you can see that it is impossible to avoid them all together.

The liver is responsible for dealing with toxins once they get into our bodies. It converts them which makes it possible to eliminate them via our digestive system. That which is not eliminated in this way is eliminated through our skin in the form of sweat.

I can’t tell you the number of times I read in health books that deal with cancer that if you have cancer, your liver is not functioning correctly. Believe me, we want our livers to stay healthy and functioning, but often instead, they are taxed by an overload of toxins.

2. To give the body a nice dose of magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy is often overlooked and under utilized. Although you can get magnesium through food – almonds, wheat germ, fish, green leafy vegetables – it is not easy to meet your daily needs through food alone.

Detox baths are made with epsom salts which is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium sulfate helps draw out toxins, and has numerous benefits all on it own.

Magnesium is an essential mineral required for more that 300 biochemical reactions in the body including transmission of nerve impulses, regulation of body temperature, forming healthy bones & teeth, & energy production. It helps absorb calcium and keeps osteoporosis at bay. It brings relief from symptoms of menopause and PMS & minimizes the risk of premature labor — which I experienced first hand when it was given to me intravenously when I went into premature labor with my oldest.

Magnesium helps with insomnia, migraines, kidney stones, gall stones, & in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It regulates blood pressure and helps in the treatment of diabetes.

Magnesium is also plays a very important role in mental health. It helps with panic attacks, stress, anxiety, and agitation. It reduces the severity of symptoms and helps reduce the rate of reoccurrence. This reason alone moves magnesium to the top of my priority list!

Signs that one is deficient in magnesium include fatigue, headaches, insomnia, muscle pain, muscle cramps/spasms & problems with mental health.

Magnesium is absorbed through the skin, and my 2 favorite ways of getting it is through Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil spray and epsom salt baths!

3. It is a great way to spend some time taking care of yourself

I live in the midwest. We have been experiencing the most amazing fall weather, but this week the temperature is supposed to drop and get quite cold. One reason I am looking forward to the cold weather of winter is so that I can get back to my detox baths. Due to some medication that I am on to prevent cancer recurrence, I have regular hot flashes. They were pretty severe during the summer, and the last thing I wanted to do was get into a hot bath. Now that the weather is cooler, I am excited to get back into the habit of detox baths.

There is something about locking yourself in a bathroom — especially if you are a Mom– and getting into a hot bath for a few minutes of quiet. Detox baths require at least 20 minutes, and I cannot tell you how rewarding just a few minutes of stillness and quiet is! I usually use my bluetooth Moxie, and either listen to a podcast or some calming music.

4. It is incredibly relaxing & make for a great night’s sleep

I recommend taking your detox bath in the evening before bed. They are incredibly relaxing and can make you feel quite sleepy, sometimes even weak. The first time I took a detox bath it was shortly after finishing chemo and radiation, and I was full of toxins. I got quite light-headed and nauseous after my bath & felt like I had the flu. It passed once I drank water and rested for about 30 minutes and my body temperature came down. I’ve read this is a normal response from someone who is quite toxic. Every time I took a detox bath this reaction became less and less, until now I just feel very relaxed and good after a detox bath. I tell you this so you are not surprised if you feel icky after your first detox bath. It won’t last, and you will know that you are very much benefitting from the detox.

5. It helps soothe muscle and joint aches and pains.

The same cancer medication I talked about earlier has a side affect of joint pain. I cannot tell you how relieving detox baths are to my aching joints. It is drastic. I step into the bath in pain and step out of the bath pain free. It surprises me every time! It has an anti-inflammatory effect that works very quickly!

Who Should Detoxify?

Really, anyone and everyone–unless pregnant or have high blood pressure or heart disease. If you are in bad health, make sure you ask your doctor before taking a detox bath.

How To Take A Detox Bath:

1. Fill tub with quite hot water. Expect to sweat!

2. Grab a glass of filtered water to have close by. Stay hydrated during and after the bath. Light a few candles for ambience while the bath is filling up.

3. Add 2 cups of epsom salts to a standard bathtub full of water.

4. Add 1 cup of baking soda, which neutralizes chemicals like chlorine in the bath water. It also helps the body absorb minerals and leaves the skin quite soft.

5. Add 5-10 drops of essential oils. This step is optional, but it sure makes the bath smell great! I love lavender. I have also used tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil for extra detoxification and to wake up the senses and clear sinuses.

6. Switch all ingredients together in tub and soak for at least 20 minutes, working your way up to the ideal 40 minutes.

7. Expect to sweat! You should start sweating within the first few minutes. Remember to drink that water!

8. Get out of the tub slowly. You might be light-headed so take it easy.

Detox Bath Recipe

1 bathtub full of hot water

2 cups epsom salts

1 cup baking soda

Optional Ingredients:

5-10 drops essential oils (optional) (lavender, tea tree, lemon or eucalyptus all works well)

1 Tablespoon ground ginger

Add all ingredients to the tub. Swish & soak for at least 20 minutes up to 40 minutes. Don’t forget to hydrate by drinking water!

Make It In Bulk

I love to mix up a big batch & store it in this large glass container. I mix the salt & baking soda together-the above recipe x 5, and it sits on my bathroom floor looking all cute with a this 6 oz. silver scoop. I then scoop about 3 scoops into the bath and then add my essential oils. It is a great reminder to take my detox baths, & would make a great homemade Christmas gift.


~If you want to extend the detox, wrap in a towel or fluffy robe and keep on sweating!

~Don’t let your hair touch the water–it would be too drying.

~This detox bath is great for colds and flu. Eucalyptus is especially great for opening nasal passages. Also good for colds and illness — add 1 tablespoon of ground ginger to the tub. Ginger increases heat levels and makes you sweat even more profusely.

~Don’t use harsh soaps or lotions after a detox bath. The pores are wide open so treat them kindly.

~Before this bath, use a loofah or dry brush your skin to stimulate the lymphatic system. This will aid in the release of toxins. Use long, sweeping motions toward the heart. I talk more about dry brushing here.

~Use coconut oil as a non-toxic after bath moisturizer.


Have you ever taken a detox bath? What was your experience?

Are you a skeptic? Maybe this article on Dr. Oz will help.

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How To Detox Your Entire Body.. And Look Noticeably Younger.. Using Nothing But Water

Dear Friend,

You’ve probably heard of DETOXIFICATION before…

You realize there’s more than just dirt on your body. There are all kinds of heavy, unhealthy toxins from our environment that get inside of your body. Not only that, there are toxins in the foods you eat.

These toxins collectively form diseases and give you heart problems, digestive problems, and make you feel sluggish, fat and lazy… But let me ask you a question:

Did you know there’s a special detox bath (different type from your everyday bath) that can unclog your pores, bring those toxins from INSIDE of your body to the OUTSIDE and almost magically erase them from your body all together?

Maybe you’ve already heard of this “detox bath” and you’re curious to know if it’s real. Chances are you’ve already tried at least one detox method in your lifetime. Perhaps detox diets? pills? detox supplements? enema? fasting? juicing? colon cleansing?

What 99 out of 100 people don’t know about Detoxification

What most people don’t know is… detox is a proven method to eliminate unwanted and harmful waste from your body. Holistic medicine, has been supporting these facts for years.

“Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin.” Dr. Linda Page – author of Detoxification

Toxic overload is more of a concern in the 21st century then ever before. Toxins from our environment, food and lifestyle are believed to be the reason for many of today’s ailments and diseases: Cancer, fybromyalgia, heart, digestive and circulation problems have all been linked to toxic overload.

That’s the reason why body detoxification and cleansing are highly recommended by natural doctors for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

Millions of people are scared to death of toxins. And they think detoxification will give them a quick instant cure. Nothing could be further from the truth!

I promise if you’ll give me two minutes, you’ll learn the myths and secrets of detoxification… and how to use a “home” detox bath to eliminate toxic deposits and excess fat from your body.

Within a matter of weeks you can look younger, feel more alive, and trim weight off your body… without ever going on a diet.

Detoxification is a process that allows you to eliminate unwanted, harmful waste matter. By encouraging your body to efficiently flush out toxic deposits, you can boost your health and well being, strengthen your immune system and prevent disease.

Countless products are available on the market today promising instant detox. From liver, to kidneys, to bowel detox aids. A huge industry is thriving, capitalizing on our fear of toxins.

Efficient toxin elimination is an ongoing process, and even more so in the 21st century, when our bodies are constantly aggressed by omnipresent toxins. There is only ONE technique that supports your body’s detoxifying process on a daily basis.

It’s called the Detox Bath

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It is the most simple and natural way to eliminate unwanted toxic deposits, as well as excess fat. It takes 10 minutes a day on average. It’s inherent to the human race’s behavior, and as natural as breast-feeding. Plus, you can easily integrate it into your daily routine.

Take 10 minutes to climb into your tub – after you’ve finished your shower, brushing your teeth. It requires no special effort on your part. All you need is water.

When you follow these methods on a consistent basis you can restore the crystal clear skin and radiant complexion that you thought you lost forever. Improve your body’s physical appearance — naturally tone your body from the inside out so you look trim, healthy and sexy… better than you do today.

Say GOODBYE to those drooping, craters of cellulite that may be plastered all over your thighs and buttocks!

Can you get these results simply by taking a bath?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Not by taking the bath you’re accustomed to. And definitely not by using Epsom salt. Not by following the advice you’ve found in newspapers. You can only get these results with this proven detox bath method.

“Lina, having incredible results with the Detox Bath! So thankful to you for making it available. I downloaded the book a week ago, but was too sick (and, frankly, too skeptical!) to begin. It seemed overwhelming to me to think about sitting & doing ANYTHING for 10+ minutes, especially something that sounded too simple too be true.
However, I finally became so desperate 3 days ago, that I made myself try it. Using your recommendation, I began my first bath after taking a hot shower. I was only able to do 10 minutes before becoming too exhausted to continue. I crawled into bed convinced that the bath was about the silliest thing I have ever tried on my long and arduous road to “feeling better”. I awoke later to find it was morning!!! The clock read 6:30 a.m. I haven’t EVER slept through the night! I also noticed that I didn’t feel as depressed and overwhelmed. The next surprise occurred later.
I had not had a normal bowel movement in 3 weeks. I had been going back & forth between diarrhea & constipation. About 30 minutes after waking, I went to the bathroom and “delivered” several normal stools. That happened two more times during the day. Same thing happened the next day & the next. I still feel pretty bad when I wake up in the morning, but after going to the bathroom, I feel better.”

Terry Hill Houston, Texas

Thanks Terry.

Of course, if you’re body is already running healthy… if you’re already living fit, trim, focused, and energized on a day-to-day basis — you probably won’t NEED this detox bath. But…

… If you’d like to boost your health and well being and cleanse your body, this may be the detoxification method you’ve been looking for.

Need proof?

I did too. In fact, most of my clients didn’t believe a single word I said until they tried it themselves. So it’s completely natural to be skeptical at this point. But here’s what you need to know.

The Detox Bath uses NOTHING but water to help the body flush toxins and excess fat out.

This method is based on the teachings of Louis Kuhne and France Guillain. Kuhne is often referred to as the “Father of Detox.” Back in 1880s, he used this same method to effectively treat his cancer, and heal hundreds of other diseases. It is a tool that nature graciously provides us with to help us maintain our body and health in optimal condition.

Detoxing Your Body Does MORE than Flush Toxins and Drain Excess Fat

We call it Detox Bath to highlight its swift and powerful detoxifying and cleansing action. But the Detox bath gives you 5 extremely important benefits.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or how “fit” you are… this age-old secret, is a perfect home remedy for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal health, and naturally enjoy a lean, fit and toned body.

  • Eliminates toxins from your body that have a negative “drowsy” effect on you – mentally, emotionally and physically.
  • Flushes nasty, excessive fat that’s weighing you down… making you feel fat, look fat, and feel sluggish with each and every step you take.
  • Promotes weight loss — making it easier and faster to lose weight effectively
  • Improves digestion (which also helps with your weight-loss efforts) and keeps you feeling light as a feather – with a MASSIVE load of energy!
  • Relieves constipation that you shouldn’t have in the first place.
  • And much more…

These are just some of the benefits you’ll get when you detox your body properly. No harsh detox methods will be used. There’s no purging, fasting, etc. Those methods won’t do you a bit of good.

The Detox Bath helps your body safely eliminate toxins and excess fat – through an internal thermal reaction. With just 10 minutes a day and water, you can achieve a trim, toned and healthy body, restful sleep, good mood, efficient digestion, great skin and higher energy levels.

“This sounded just too good and too simple to be true, but I thought why not give it a go? It’s completely risk free and costs nothing – I had absolutely nothing to lose! I have been using it for several months now, it is so easy to do and feels good immediately.
It has improved my skin tone, regularized bowel elimination, given me more energy and COMPLETELY eliminated the slight urinary stress incontinence many women can experience. I am astonished it is not already a part of everyone’s natural health care knowledge.”

Anna B- Yoga and bodywork therapist

Can you imagine a bodywork therapist praising the benefits of a simple bath? It just goes to prove that our method can work for almost anyone. You might be a person with a lot of cellulite that never goes away. Or you might be drowsy, constipated, irritable, restless, or frustrated with your skin quality.

The Detox Bath will drain all those nasty toxins from your body and give you a brand new life — because it’s the ONE and ONLY method that’s based on an ancestral technique.

Before I go on, let me explain…

How Our Detox Bath Purifies Your Body Better Than Anything You’ve Ever Seen

It is based on hydrotherapy — which uses water to boost circulation and stimulates the body’s natural healing potential to alleviate pain, increase mobility, relieve symptoms, and improve the overall functioning of the body.

Some Natural Doctors in France claim that body heat (generated by movement, digestion, stress, shock etc…) pushes deposited fat and toxins outside of the stomach and intestines to the periphery of the body, where they can no longer be eliminated.

The Detox Bath targets the groin area: One of the highest nerve-concentration areas in the body. This area also houses main arteries, and the technique greatly boosts blood circulation, elimination and digestion.

By refreshing the core area of the body (groin) during 10 minutes daily or more, your detox bath creates a vibration in the fascia (Interconnecting tissue covering all internal organs), which accelerates toxin and fat elimination. Hence its positive effect on mood, sleep and energy.

This is how we’re able to GUARANTEE you’ll get these amazing life-changing benefits. Now of course… you’re probably thinking “Yeah but, I don’t really trust alternative medicine that much… How do I know this isn’t a scam?”

Don’t worry… you wouldn’t be the first person to ask. Thousands of women (and men) ask the same question. But you’ll be happy to know that we’ve had our system reviewed by health professionals and health experts from around the world.

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Detox Bath is very helpful, informative and easy to follow. It brings to mind, what we sometimes forget, the amazing healing abilities of water and how it can help our body naturally”

Victoria Abreo Alternative Medicine Editor Bella

Now that you know how the Detox Bath works and why it works, you’ll understand how it can give you a wide variety of benefits that no other detox method could ever give you. This is the only…

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For example, with the Detox Bath you’ll be able to:

  • Improve your skin radiance & hair shine from dull and lifeless to glowing and glimmering
  • Boost mood and energy levels within a matter of minutes
  • Enjoy a higher-quality of deep, restful and restorative sleep that would normally take 10 hours to achieve (but you’ll get deep quality sleep in far less time, with far less effort!)
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  • Effectively and safely flush toxins out of your body in a safe and effective manner (in the comfort of your own home, without spending ANY money)
  • Improve your digestion and banish constipation for good, without medication
  • Boost your metabolism naturally (this makes it easy for you to eat the foods you enjoy without gaining excess weight!)
  • Radiate health and beauty from the inside out
  • Achieve the slim and toned body you always desired — because NOW that you have a higher metabolism, your body can actually get rid of fat FASTER than ever before!
  • Boast beautifully clear skin and a luminous complexion that makes everyone stop and compliment your stunning NEW looks!
  • Naturally eliminate cellulite and fat that’s hiding all over your body… in unwanted places!
  • Master a detox technique you can use on travel, and take with you wherever you go

But Can’t I Detox My Body Using Epsom Salt and Other Detox like “7 Day Detox Diet” Methods?

Absolutely. You just won’t get the same results. There are all kind of “miracle” detox plans that promise increased vitality, energy and stamina in a short period of 7 days. But you must understand harsh detoxification methods like FASTING (going 1, 2 and 3 weeks without certain foods) or harsh diets could be dangerous, especially when they are not medically supervised.

Epsom salts cause you to sweat. Other salts—all highly alkaline — used in baths include sea salt, baking soda, clay, and Dead Sea salts can be extremely harsh. The Detox Bath is different. This detox method uses only water and is a mild, gentle and safe daily detox method that anyone can use. Just listen to what Debbie has to say…

“I found your book quite interesting. I am on my third day and have had results in the very first day. I was feeling bloated and uncomfortable after a small meal so I thought it was a good time to start. I did the bath for 10 min. and my bloated feeling went right away.
The next day I could feel the toxins shifting in my body, I was pretty tired because of this, so I did another bath before work and it perked me right up…I realize the toxin effect, but I also know it’s working. I plan to use the bath daily and am very excited about it.”

Debbie P

Thanks Debbie. I have another client who used the Detox Bath to improve her qualify of life.

Brenda was going through a nerve-wrecking time at work. She was stressed, upset with her financial situation, and couldn’t do anything but work harder and longer hours — which resulted in a burnout. In short… she was practically literally killing herself just to survive!

When I explained that the Detox Bath could help her lower her toxicity, she tried and was amazed at the results. Like most of my clients, she had no idea that those high levels of toxicity were responsible for leaving her stuck in her own psychological prison. It’s no wonder she was stressed.

After trying the detox bath for just a few days, she solved her endurance problems, increased her energy level and got her life back to normal. Brenda isn’t the only one. There are thousands of other people who’ve used this system and still use it on a daily basis.

Detox Bath is a powerful e-book that reveals the detailed steps of using water and hydrotherapy to safely and naturally detox your body on a daily basis. It reveals the step-by-step proven method to improve digestion, eliminate cellulite, improve sleep and improve skin complexion in a matter of days.

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Yes, I’m Ready to Try the Detox Bath

Now I know, you’ve probably read all kinds of books, tried pills and medicines. Or maybe you’ve spent money on expensive spas or healing centers. Just one visit can cost anywhere from $79 to $125.

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You wouldn’t be reading this webpage if you weren’t interested in a new way to detox. You take a shower or a bath everyday..

  • What if you managed to effortlessly maintain radiant health, youth, energy, focus and your ideal weight — simply by taking a bath?
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Epsom Salt: Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects

Many people, including some healthcare professionals, claim Epsom salt is therapeutic and use it as an alternative treatment for several conditions.

Provides Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, the first being calcium.

It is involved in more than 325 biochemical reactions that benefit your heart and nervous system.

Many people do not consume enough magnesium. Even if you do, factors such as dietary phytates and oxalates can interfere with how much your body absorbs (2).

While magnesium sulfate has value as a magnesium supplement, some people claim that magnesium may be better absorbed via Epsom salt baths than when taken by mouth.

This claim is not based on any available evidence.

Proponents of the theory point to an unpublished study in 19 healthy people. The researchers claimed that all but three of the participants showed higher blood magnesium levels after soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

However, no statistical tests were performed and the study lacked a control group (3).

As a result, its conclusions were unfounded and highly questionable.

Researchers agree that magnesium is not absorbed through people’s skin — at least not in any scientifically relevant amounts (1).

Promotes Sleep and Stress Reduction

Adequate magnesium levels are essential for sleep and stress management, likely because magnesium helps your brain produce neurotransmitters that induce sleep and reduce stress (4).

Magnesium may also help your body produce melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep (5).

Low magnesium levels may negatively affect sleep quality and stress. Some people claim that taking Epsom salt baths can reverse these issues by allowing your body to absorb magnesium through the skin.

It’s more likely that the calming effects of Epsom salt baths are simply due to the relaxation caused by taking hot baths.

Helps With Constipation

Magnesium is often used to treat constipation.

It appears to be helpful because it draws water into your colon, which promotes bowel movements (6, 7).

Most often, magnesium is taken by mouth for constipation relief in the form of magnesium citrate or magnesium hydroxide.

However, taking Epsom salt is also said to be effective, although it is not well studied. Nevertheless, the FDA lists it as an approved laxative.

It can be taken by mouth with water according to the directions on the package.

Adults are usually advised to take 2–6 teaspoons (10–30 grams) of Epsom salt at a time, dissolved in at least 8 ounces (237 ml) of water and consumed immediately. You can expect a laxative effect in 30 minutes to 6 hours.

You should also know that consuming Epsom salt may produce unpleasant side effects, such as bloating and liquid stool (7).

It should only be used occasionally as a laxative, not for long-term relief.

Exercise Performance and Recovery

Some people claim that taking Epsom salt baths can reduce muscle soreness and relieve cramps — both important factors for exercise performance and recovery.

It is well known that adequate magnesium levels are helpful for exercise because magnesium helps your body use glucose and lactic acid (8).

While relaxing in a hot bath may help soothe aching muscles, there is no evidence that people absorb bathwater magnesium through their skin (1).

On the other hand, oral supplements can effectively stave off magnesium insufficiency or deficiency.

Athletes are prone to low magnesium levels, so health professionals often recommend that they take magnesium supplements to ensure optimal levels.

While magnesium is clearly important for exercise, the use of bath salt to enhance fitness is not well researched. At this point, the supposed benefits are purely anecdotal.

Reduced Pain and Swelling

Another common claim is that Epsom salt helps reduce pain and swelling.

Many people report that taking Epsom salt baths improves symptoms of fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Again, the magnesium is deemed responsible for these effects, since many people with fibromyalgia and arthritis are deficient in this mineral.

One study in 15 women with fibromyalgia concluded that applying magnesium chloride to the skin may be beneficial for reducing symptoms (9).

However, this study was based on questionnaires and lacked a control group. Its results should be taken with a grain of salt.

Summary Most of the purported benefits of Epsom bath salts are anecdotal. On the other hand, oral magnesium supplements may benefit sleep, stress, digestion, exercise, and pain in people who are deficient.

Magnesium Sulfate

Magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salt, is a mineral. It works by replacing magnesium in the body and increasing water in the intestines.

Magnesium sulfate can be used orally as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation, and to treat low levels of magnesium.

Known as hypomagnesemia, low magnesium levels can be caused by alcoholism, severe diarrhea, malnutrition, or high calcium levels (hypercalcemia). Symptoms include fatigue, muscle cramps or spasms, convulsions, and erratic eye movement (nystagmus).

Some people use Epsom salts as a bath soak. It may help to relieve sore muscles, draw out splinters, and to ease the pain of sprains and bruises.

The medicine can be used intravenously (through an IV) to control seizures in pregnant women and certain children. It can also be used to treat a dangerous arrhythmia, lower high blood pressure, slow down contractions during labor, and treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Magnesium sulfate can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC), or it can be administered in a clinic setting.

Magnesium Sulfate Warnings

Don’t use a higher dose of magnesium sulfate than is recommended on the package or by your doctor. Taking too much of this mineral can cause serious, life-threatening side effects.

Before taking magnesium sulfate, you should tell your doctor if you have:

  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • A stomach or intestinal disorder
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A perforated bowel
  • A bowel obstruction
  • Severe constipation
  • Colitis
  • An eating disorder

Also, tell your doctor if you’ve experienced a sudden change in bowel habits, have been on a low-magnesium diet, or have been using a laxative for longer than a week.

You shouldn’t take magnesium sulfate if you are pregnant and expect to deliver the baby within two hours.

If you experience rectal bleeding or you don’t produce a bowel movement after using magnesium sulfate as a laxative, call your doctor immediately. You may have a more serious condition.

You should tell your doctor you are taking magnesium sulfate before having any type of surgery, including dental procedures.

Also, alert your physician if you drink alcohol or caffeine, if you smoke, if you use street drugs, or if you are dehydrated before taking magnesium sulfate.

Pregnancy and Magnesium Sulfate

Magnesium sulfate is a pregnancy category D drug, which means it could harm an unborn baby. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this mineral.

Magnesium sulfate may cause low levels of calcium and bone problems in an unborn baby if taken for longer than five to seven days during pregnancy.

It’s not known if magnesium sulfate passes into breast milk and harm a breastfeeding baby. You should talk to your doctor before breastfeeding while taking this medicine.

Pop quiz for the Paleo pros: what supplement can soothe muscle cramps, build bone strength, gently alleviate constipation, calm down the most wound-up insomniac, and treat a common mineral deficiency all at the same time?

The answer: magnesium! That’s a pretty impressive list of benefits just from one mineral. Unfortunately, inadequate intake of magnesium is also quite common, which means that a supplement may sometimes be a smart choice.

Supplements don’t have to enter your body through your mouth, though. In fact, sometimes it’s better when they don’t. Enter Epsom salts…

What Are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts, technically magnesium sulfate, are little crystals that look just like any other bath salts. You can get them all gussied up with essential oils and colorings, but you can also buy a huge bag of plain, unscented Epsom salts for almost nothing at most drugstores.

When you toss Epsom salts into a bathtub or even a foot bath, and then spend some quality time soaking, you’ll absorb the magnesium through your skin: it’s basically a supplement that you soak up rather than eat. If you’d rather take a bath than take a pill, Epsom salts might just be the form for you – and in fact, they have some interesting qualities that might make them even better than a pill-based supplement, depending on what you’re using them for.

External Uses

Replace gut-irritating anti-inflammatories.

After a hard workout leaves you sore and achy, it’s only natural to reach for the ibuprofen, but non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen are actually very hard on your gut. And that goes double for anyone with an autoimmune disease.

Fortunately, you can skip the pill bottle and reach for the Epsom salts instead. Just pour 1-2 cups into a hot bath and enjoy your soak. No bathtub? A bucket also works; you can just stick your feet in for half an hour while you do something else. As a neat little chemistry bonus, the Epsom salts actually help prevent your skin from wrinkling, so you can soak longer without getting all pruney.

You can simply toss a couple cups of Epsom salts into the bath for a purely medicinal soak, or you can add a few drops of essential oils to make your bath smell good as well. It’s also good for other anti-inflammatory needs (like menstrual cramps or just general stress).

Relieve constipation.

Magnesium is a very gentle, natural laxative with few side effects, and absorbing Epsom salts through your skin is just as effective as taking magnesium by mouth. There’s no clear benefit to one way or the other, but it’s always nice to have options. If oral supplements give you diarrhea, Epsom salts baths may be a better choice; many people find them gentler.

Soften skin.

Epsom salts are mildly anti-inflammatory and famous for soothing everything from sunburn to bee stings. And they also help make your skin a little softer and smoother. Some people also swear by them for drawing out blackheads and splinters – there’s no harm in trying to see if it works!

Internal Uses

Technically, you can also take Epsom salts as a magnesium supplement by mouth. Most brands recommend 2-6 teaspoons per day as a maximum for adults, with 1-2 for children. Start with a lot less than the maximum, and work up as you need it. Just dissolve the Epsom salts in a glass of water and drink it. If you do this, make sure you’re using pure Epsom salts, without any added scents or colorings.

There’s one immediately obvious downside to this method, though: it tastes disgusting! In a pinch, it’ll do, but if you want to make a habit of magnesium supplements you’ll probably want to get them in pill form.

Epsom Salts and Magnesium Overdose

That was all the good stuff; now it’s time to look at the potential problems. One of the big potential drawbacks of taking any kind of supplement is the risk of an overdose: when you’re not getting nutrients from whole foods, it’s a lot easier to get a dangerous amount of them. With Epsom salts, though, there are two sides to the issue. On the one hand, taking them orally presents a known risk for an overdose. But on the other hand, taking them dermally (through a soak in the bath) is the safest magnesium supplement we know of.

Let’s start with the bad. Taking too much oral magnesium first causes nausea, a headache, a feeling of lightheadedness, and flushed skin. An even higher dose makes you feel very sleepy; even more than that will make it very hard to move and cause hypoventilation (not breathing enough). In extreme cases, it can cause heart problems, coma, paralysis, and death.

  • This case study describes a constipated woman who had to go to the hospital because she took too many magnesium supplements. This one describes a man in a more or less similar case.
  • Here’s a case study of an 11-year-old boy who drank Epsom salts for constipation and ended up in the hospital.
  • In this case, a woman actually died from drinking magnesium as a weight-loss aid.

As a more minor side effect, a smaller overdose of magnesium in any form can also cause diarrhea – not life-threatening, but certainly unpleasant.

But again, this is only a serious concern for Epsom salts taken orally, and even then, it’s only for extreme overdoses (if you read the studies, it’s pretty obvious that most of these people had no idea when to stop, or were using the supplements in an unsafe way). There aren’t any cases of people having serious complications from Epsom salts baths, and in fact, this study suggests that Epsom salts baths might be naturally self-limiting: when you’ve had enough magnesium, your body just stops absorbing it. That makes Epsom salts baths a very safe choice especially for children or the elderly, who are more vulnerable to an overdose in the first place.

Even oral Epsom salts (or other magnesium supplements) can be perfectly safe to use, though, as long as you’re smart about it. Using supplements isn’t necessarily dangerous just because abusing them is bad. Read the label, start with a low dose, and know the signs of an incipient problem so you can get help right away.

Where/How to Buy Epsom Salts

Any drugstore will have Epsom salts, usually wherever they store the other “athletic”-type stuff like compression sleeves and IcyHot. You can sometimes find it with the bubble bath and other cosmetics, but more commonly it’s in with the medical products. Sometimes it’s in a bag; sometimes it’s in a box.

It doesn’t matter what kind or brand you buy, but it should be very cheap – you shouldn’t have to pay more than $4 or 5 for a huge pile of the stuff. Then just haul it back to the cave, throw it in a nice hot bath, and lie back to enjoy the relaxation!

Epsom Salt

Generic Name: magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) (mag NEE see um SUL fate)
Brand Name: Epsom Salt

Medically reviewed by on Mar 18, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is Epsom Salt?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. Epsom Salt also increases water in the intestines.

Epsom Salt is used as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation.

Not all external uses for Epsom Salt have been approved by the FDA. Epsom salt should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Epsom Salt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Never use a higher dose of magnesium sulfate than recommended on the package label, or as your doctor has directed. Using too much Epsom Salt can cause serious, life-threatening side effects.

Do not use Epsom Salt as a laxative without medical advice if you have: severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, a perforated bowel, a bowel obstruction, severe constipation, colitis, toxic megacolon, or a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted 2 weeks or longer.

If you have rectal bleeding or if you do not have a bowel movement after using Epsom Salt as a laxative, stop using the medication and call your doctor at once. These may be signs of a more serious condition.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use Epsom Salt as a laxative without medical advice if you have:

  • severe stomach pain;

  • nausea or vomiting;

  • a perforated bowel;

  • a bowel obstruction or severe constipation;

  • colitis or toxic megacolon; or

  • a sudden change in bowel habits lasting 2 weeks or longer.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take Epsom Salt if you have:

  • diabetes;

  • kidney disease;

  • an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia);

  • if you have already been using a laxative for longer than 1 week; or

  • if you on a low-magnesium diet.

It is not known whether Epsom Salt will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether magnesium sulfate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Epsom Salt?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Never use a higher dose of magnesium sulfate than recommended on the package label, or as your doctor has directed. Using too much Epsom Salt can cause serious, life-threatening side effects.

Epsom Salt may be used orally (by mouth) or as a soak. Follow your doctor’s instructions or the directions on the package.

To take Epsom Salt orally, dissolve one dose in 8 ounces of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. You may add a small amount of lemon juice to improve the taste of this mixture.

Epsom Salt taken orally should produce a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 6 hours.

Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Epsom Salt.

If you have rectal bleeding or if you do not have a bowel movement after using Epsom Salt as a laxative, stop using the medication and call your doctor at once. These may be signs of a more serious condition.

To use Epsom Salt as an epsom salt soak, dissolve in a large amount of water in a large bowl, a bucket, a foot tub, or a bath tub. Follow the directions on the product label about how much epsom salt to use per gallon of water.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Epsom Salt is used on an as needed basis, you are not likely to miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of magnesium sulfate can be fatal

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling), feeling very hot, slow heart rate, extreme drowsiness, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking Epsom Salt?

Epsom Salt taken orally can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth, especially antibiotics. Avoid taking other medicines within 2 hours before or after you take this medicine as a laxative.

Epsom Salt side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include diarrhea or upset stomach.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Epsom Salt?

Other drugs may interact with magnesium sulfate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Epsom Salt Flush

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) Flush

The Epsom Salt Flush is my favorite “1 Day Detox”! It is primarily a quick colon cleanse.
It is so easy to do and it is okay eat your normal foods during this cleanse (though best results will occur,
when less food is taken). When done over the weekend, you are sure to return back to work on Monday bouncy, clear and feeling great!

It is excellent for helping to balance gut flora, if you include a probiotic supplement and/or probiotic foods and chlorophyll rich Super-foods.
I highly recommend probiotics/probiotic foods and green superfoods during this small cleanse! We all could use a boost to our microbiome.

I personally much prefer this Epsom Salt Flush, over a Sea Salt Flush because the Magnesium
makes my muscles feel so relaxed and it never leaves me with a bloated feeling.

My favorite time to do it, is when I need (want) to feel amazing 2 or 3 days later, and don’t have time to do a full body cleanse.
When I do make the time a few times a year, I always do the 10 Day Transformation, because is loaded with
real food nutrition from superfoods, eliminates parasites with herbs and includes toxic free proteins, so I don’t lose muscle).
This Epsom Salt Flush, is also a great way to kick off a new eating regimen or new habits, which support your health goals.

As mentioned below, you may do this Epsom Salt Flush, 1 or 2 full days and you may even just perform a “morning flush”.
Attention to one huge factor: we must be at HOME to do this Flush (or close to a friendly toilette)!

Epsom Salt Flush directions:

1) Before Breakfast, have 1-2 Tbsp. Epsom Salt dissolved in large glass of warm water.

Many people feel it is easier to swallow salt in a smaller glass of warm water,
followed by a big glass of warm water or herbal tea. You may add lemon for taste as well.

2) You may have a bowel movement within 20 mins-3hours and they could continue, throughout the day.

3) If going for a full day flush, then continue each 3-4 hours, Epsom Salt in water, only reduce the amount to 1-2 tsp. Epsom Salt.

There isn’t really a golden dosage and it varies for each person, so change it accordingly.
You may prefer to attempt this with the smaller dosage, the first time you do the flush.

The goal of this flush is to clean out your intestines until they are releasing mostly, or only, water.
If you do this cleanse for 2 days, you will reach the point of only water.

It is very important to drink a lot of water with the salt!!! The magnesium will draw water into
your intestines and be dehydrating. The drawing of water into the intestines is what cases the intestines to clean out.

As mentioned, Salt flushing is good for helping to balance intestinal flora . The other natural salts are just as beneficial
for this (other salts have very different instructions for cleansing).

Epsom salts cleansing, should not be performed more than one time in 30 days, or on a continual basis.
Epsom salts should not be taken orally by anyone with digestive disorders, acid reflux, Crohn’s Disease
or anyone who has more than 3 bowel movements daily.

–Chandra Lee Krohn
Personal Trainer and Vitality Coach

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30 Second Body Detox

1) Drink Lemon Juice. Wow, this is literally easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! After a good night’s sleep your body is dehydrated and ready to flush out toxins on its own. Give it a little help. When you wake up in the morning, don’t let tea be the first thing you reach for. Instead, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a large glass of water. If the water is tepid, that’s even better. Why does this work? Lemon juice increases bile production, which stimulates your digestive system and keeps your gut clean as a whistle 😉 It also supports healthy liver function, and is a great way to get some much needed Vitamin C.

2) Eat More Garlic. In my house, when a recipe calls for a clove or two, I use most of a bulb. Is that too much? I don’t think so, and no one has ever complained. Aim for plenty of garlic in your diet every day. Why does this work? Garlic releases sulphur compounds, which support liver enzymes and help it to expel toxins from your body. To get the most benefit from garlic, it should be fresh and chopped finely or crushed. Give it a few minutes to release its sulphuric powers onto your chopping board BEFORE YOU COOK IT. This is a very important aspect of using garlic for it’s medicinal value. Garlic is also one of the most effective broad spectrum anti-microbial foods we have access to. It contains 39 different anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-viral agents. So, basically… eat lots every day!

3) Take a Salt Bath. OK, this takes longer than 30 seconds. But adding magnesium (Epsom salts) to your bath water doesn’t. One of the best-known ways to leach heavy metals from the body is through the skin, submerged in a salt bath. The sulphates in Epsom salt help flush out toxins and heavy metals. The process is called reverse osmosis, and it literally pulls toxins out of your body.

For a detox bath, add at least two cups of Epsom salt to bathwater and soak for 40 minutes total. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support the detoxification process. How often? Once, twice, or three times a week.

Detox bathing is suitable for everyone, including children. It’s especially good for anyone who has undergone chemotherapy, suffers from muscle cramps and growing pains (low magnesium), or has trouble sleeping.

Melissa x

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Detox doesn’t have to be painful or rigorous (think gallbladder and liver flush) to give great results. In fact, you can lounge around in the bath sipping iced lemon water and still get rid of toxins and impurities from your body just as well as mainstream weight loss fads and cleanses. Sure, it will take longer, but your adrenals and sanity will thank you later.

Why You Shouldn’t Jump on The Cleanse Bandwagon

Thanks to popular health trends, many of us believe that you need to stop eating solids, drink large amounts of water, and exercise till you drop to get our bodies clean. This simply isn’t true. Of course, drinking green smoothies and green juices will always nourish your body and promote health, but you don’t need to restrict yourself to a liquid diet to reap some serious detoxing benefits.

In fact, going on a juice cleanse can be very damaging indeed. All too often cleanses of all kinds promise unrealistic overnight results that just aren’t that attainable. For some, especially those who are robust with a strong yang disposition (run hot and have ruddier complexions) may actually do just fine on a juice cleanse. As for me, any type of detox that restricts fat intake leaves me feeling weak, stressed, and very moody. My body type (thin, pale, and cold) just won’t allow this type of cleanse. The sporadic and sudden change in my blood sugar levels also causes me to break out because I burn through a green juice in like 20 minutes. Not fun.

Reversion into an unhealthy lifestyle is yet another common factor of mainstream cleansing. The reason for this is that these programs expect you to start suddenly and drastically changing your diet. Sure you can lose 10 pounds, heck, maybe even 20 pounds but the chances of you keeping it off without healthy lifestyle changes, diet, and exercise is slim. The 10 pounds just might come back to haunt you. This is called yo yo dieting.

So, is there better way? YES!

I know what you’re thinking: Really Tash? Epsom salts?? That sure doesn’t sound all that detoxing…

Let me assure you that it is QUITE detoxing. Especially when done 2-3 times per week. Seriously guys, how can you NOT enjoy a relaxing bath? Go on and treat yourself dagnabit! WHy not enjoy yourself while getting rid of impurities?

Here’s a little bit about Epsom salts to help convince you:

1. Epsom Salts Detox The Body

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, an important mineral compound that helps balance the body’s many biological processes and helps to flush toxins from the skin, our largest and most porous detoxifying organ. Simply soaking in a hot bath with 2-3 cups of dissolved Epsom salts can assist in removing harmful impurities from your body in about 10-15 minutes.

In a nutshell, magnesium sulfate basically tells unwanted toxins to leave the party. But that’s not all! The benefits of Epsom salt don’t stop at the skin’s surface. Magnesium sulfate also strengthens detox pathways throughout the body allowing it to purify itself from heavy metals and other unwanted waste. Did you hear that? Epsom salt makes detoxing more effective! Yes please!

2. Epsom Salts Reduce Stress

Have you ever have a stressful bubble bath? No? Well, that’s because bubble baths are relaxing! Epsom salts add to the relaxation factor by soothing muscles, softening the skin, and restoring lost minerals and magnesium.

Try adding a relaxing essential oil like lavender to help boost the stress relieving qualities of epsom salts.

3. Epsom Salts Increase Our Magnesium Levels

Magnesium regulates over 300 enzymes in the body that play key roles in organizing hundreds of bodily functions like energy levels, muscle control, electrical impulses, and the ability to detox.

It’s really common nowadays to be deficient in magnesium which can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, stoke, arthritis, and a number of other illnesses. Boosting your magnesium levels is an excellent way to support health and wellness. The good news is, soaking in epsom salts is a super easy and effective way to top up your levels naturally.

4. Epsom Salts Reduce Pain and Inflammation

Athletes aren’t the only one who can benefit from a languorous soak. if you find yourself sore after a good workout, then epsom salts are they key to faster recovery. The magnesium it contains helps soothe away soreness and assist in the removal and excretion of lactic acid from muscle tissue.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Detox Bath – Not Only Physically, but Emotionally Too!

First and foremost, it’s important to drink a tall glass of water with a dash of high quality sea salt in it to balance the reverse osmosis effect Epsom salt has on the body. If you don’t, you might find yourself feeling a bit dehydrated since Epsom salt literally pulls salt (and toxins along with it) from your body. Losing too much salt too suddenly is what makes dehydration worse. To avoid this, I recommend drinking an electrolyte drink if you don’t have any good sea salt around to use in your water. I often use this electrolyte. You can also learn how to make your own tasty electrolyte drink here. Coconut water and charcoal lemonade are good alternatives as well.

1. Before I begin, I like to drink a small glass of salted water (just a dash) to jump-start my hydration. I better yet, drink some sole. I do this because I know my body and I know that I get thirsty when doing an Epsom salt detox. The amount I drink is usually about 8oz of room temperature water but you may need more or less depending on your body type.
2. Next you’re going to need 2-3 cups of high quality Epsom salt. The kind you find at the drugstore may contain fillers, so be sure to check the label. You want the good stuff otherwise you might be adding more toxins to your body than you’re taking out.
3. Start filling the tub with hot water and toss in the Epsom salt. The hot water should help to quickly dissolve the salt.
4. After it’s dissolved, adjust the water temperature to your liking.
5. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music.
6. Grab an iced glass of salted lemon water.
7. Once the tub is filled, get in and soak for 20 minutes or longer. I like to hang out and relax for up to an hour sometimes, especially after a hard workout or a stressful day. Aside from detoxing the body as a whole, the salts penetrate deep into sore muscles and help disperse trapped lactic acid from the body. The magnesium also increases serotonin levels which creates a sense of calm and relaxation. As a result, you feel less irritated, stressed, or run down and are able to have deeper more meaningful sleep. It’s a win win!
8. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.

Have you ever tried an Epsom salt detox bath?

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Athletes commonly use it for sore muscles while gardeners sprinkle it on plants to increase their growth. We’re talking Epsom salt, of course. Epsom salt has a long history of diversified use and benefits for health, beauty, household cleaning and outdoor gardening.

So if you’re wondering: Do Epsom salts actually do anything? Yes, they do. Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammatory remedy that can be used to treat muscle aches, dry skin and even fight various internal health issues. Simply add Epsom salt to your next detox bath recipe or foot soak to create a luxurious and therapeutic at-home spa experience. Unlike other salts, external contact with Epsom salt does not leave the skin feeling dry. In fact, it actually leaves it feeling soft and silky.

Another huge benefit of this incredible salt is its magnesium content. According to a scientific review published in 2018, you can have a magnesium deficiency even when your serum magnesium levels are normal. In addition, it’s been found that most people need an additional 300 milligrams of magnesium per day in order to lower their risk of developing numerous chronic diseases. (1)

This is just one of many reasons to add this salt to your routine.

What Is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt derives its name from a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England, where the compound was first distilled from water. It’s different from traditional salts because it’s actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It was originally prepared from mineral water, but today it’s mainly obtained from mining operations.

What is Epsom salt? The chemical formula for magnesium sulfate is MgSO4. That means it can actually be broken down into magnesium and sulfate, which is a combination of sulfur and oxygen. The salt consists of small, colorless crystals and looks similar to table salt. However, table salt is completely different from Epsom salt since it consists of sodium chloride.

How does Epsom salt work? It contains magnesium, a mineral that is crucial to the human body’s functioning. Some of the key roles of magnesium include keeping blood pressure normal, heart rhythm steady and bones strong. The other main ingredient, sulfate, is an essential mineral key to many biological processes. It helps flush toxins, cleanse the liver, and assist in the formation of proteins in joints and brain tissue.

What are Epsom salts good for? The short answer is so many things! Let’s take a look at some of the top Epsom salt uses and benefits.

10 Benefits of Epsom Salt

There is truly a laundry list of ways to use this salt in your daily life. Here are some of the top uses and benefits:

1. Boosts Magnesium Levels

Appropriate levels of magnesium are absolutely key to good health, but it is very common to have insufficient magnesium. Alcoholism, severe diarrhea, malnutrition or high calcium levels (hypercalcemia) can all cause hypomagnesemia or low levels of magnesium. By simply soaking your feet or entire body in a bath containing Epsom salts, you can increase internal levels of magnesium naturally without taking magnesium supplements.

Magnesium regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions. These vital functions including muscle control, energy production, electrical impulses and elimination of harmful toxins. (2) Magnesium deficiencies are associated with a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (3) By boosting your internal magnesium levels through external use of Epsom salt, you can help improve or ward off many avoidable health ailments.

2. Reduces Stress

Is soaking in Epsom salt good for you? Everyone has heard of the recommendation to have a good soak in a warm bath after a rough day. Whether it’s rough mentally, physically or both, a hot (again, not too hot) bath is such a great way to relieve stress. If you want to amplify the stress-reducing benefits of a nice, long soak, then add a cup or two of Epsom salt to your bathwater. Not only does the magnesium help relax your muscles, but it can also help relax your mind.

According to research from the University of North Carolina, hypomagnesemia enhances stress reactions. (4) Further studies show that magnesium has a profound effect on stress and neural excitability. (5) Magnesium salts, such as Epsom salt, can reduce stress and may improve neuropsychiatric disorders.

Magnesium is critical to the production of energy in cells. By increasing magnesium, you can feel revived without feeling restless. It’s a much more calm energy as opposed to how people feel revived from caffeine consumption.

3. Eliminates Toxins

The sulfates in Epsom salt assist the body in flushing out toxins. That provides a heavy metal detox from the body’s cells. This can help lower the internal accumulation of harmful substances. Human skin is a highly porous membrane. By adding minerals like magnesium and sulfate to your bathwater, it sparks a process called reverse osmosis, which literally pulls salt out of your body and dangerous toxins along with it. (6)

As part of a healthy weight loss plan, detox baths with magnesium sulfate and baking soda are sometimes recommended. This doesn’t mean that Epsom salt weight loss is really “a thing,” but since the salt can discourage water retention and promote elimination (more on that next), it’s not a bad idea to add it to a holistic weight loss approach.

Recommendations of how much epsom salt for bath water can vary. For an Epsom salts detox bath, add at least two cups of Epsom salt to bathwater and soak for 40 minutes total. The first 20 minutes give your body time to remove toxins from your system, while the last 20 minutes allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to consume water before, during and after the bath to protect yourself from dehydration and increase detoxification.

4. Relieves Constipation

Can you drink Epsom salts? Epsom salt is an FDA-approved laxative and commonly used to naturally relieve constipation. When taken internally, it acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and cleansing the colon of waste. A roundup of studies published in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology notes that there is strong evidence that Epsom salt “has potent laxative effect in vitro through the release of digestive hormones and neurotransmitters.” (7)

Internal use of magnesium sulfate can bring about temporary relief from constipation, but like any laxative, Epsom salt for constipation is not meant to be a long-term solution or a substitute for a healthy high-fiber diet.

If a laxative solution is a must, it’s smart to avoid many of the harsh laxatives on the market today. Why? They are commonly loaded with artificial colors and flavors and questionable chemicals. To take magnesium sulfate orally, a typical suggestion is to dissolve one dose in eight ounces of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. You may add a small amount of lemon juice to improve the taste.

Drink plenty of liquids while consuming an Epsom salt laxative to prevent dehydration. Magnesium sulfate taken orally should produce a bowel movement within 30 minutes to six hours.

5. Reduces Pain and Inflammation

A warm bath containing Epsom salt is known to ease pain and relieve the inflammation at the root of most diseases. This makes it a beneficial natural treatment sore muscles, headaches (including migraines) and arthritis pain.

Soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy for arthritis. If you include Epsom salt, the bath becomes so much more therapeutic. According to the Arthritis Foundation: (8)

Data collected by the National Academy of Sciences show most Americans don’t get enough magnesium, a mineral that’s important for bone and heart health. One way to help remedy that: bathing in … Epsom salts. They’re relatively inexpensive, can be found at grocery and drug stores and can boost magnesium levels as much as 35 percent, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Have an annoying and painful splinter stuck in your hand? Soak the problem area in warm water and Epsom salt, and the splinter should be drawn out of the skin in no time! Soreness after childbirth? Epsom salt can help with that, too. In general, healthy levels of magnesium from Epsom salt use can help overall bodily inflammation since low magnesium has been linked with higher C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the body. (9)

6. Improves Blood Sugar Levels

Type 2 diabetes is frequently associated with both extracellular and intracellular magnesium deficiencies. (10) Meanwhile, healthy magnesium levels are linked with a reduced risk of developing diabetes. (11) As you now know, Epsom salt is an excellent source of magnesium.

Regular intake of Epsom salts, either orally or transdermally, may help regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of diabetes and improving daily energy levels. Of course, check with your doctor before using any new natural diabetes remedies.

7. Volumizes Hair

Adding Epsom salts to hair products can help decrease excess oil. Excess oil contributes to hair looking flat and weighed down. One easy way to create your own volumizing conditioner at home is to combine equal parts salt and conditioner (example: two tablespoons conditioner + two tablespoons Epsom salts). After shampooing hair as usual, apply the volumizing conditioner mix to hair, coating it from the scalp to the ends. Leave the mix in for 1o to 20 minutes before rinsing. This is a great weekly hair treatment. (12)

8. May Boost Plant Health

Epsom salt garden usage is common and for good reason — it works as a natural fertilizer. Epsom salt is known to enhance the vibrancy of plants. It can also help them to grow better and even bigger, though some experts remain skeptical. (13) Still, many gardeners love using Epsom salt for tomatoes, roses and peppers, and some people find it increases plant yields.

Some suggested ways to use epsom salt for plants include:

  • When planting vegetables or roses, sprinkle around one tablespoon of Epsom salts into the planting hole.
  • Combine one tablespoon of salt per gallon of water to use as a foliar spray, and apply when the plants start to flower and again when young fruit appears.

9. Helps Breathing Problems

Magnesium sulfate has also shown success as a natural treatment for bronchial asthma. A scientific review published in 2012 points out that magnesium sulfate “has been considered as an adjunct therapy for severe and life-threatening asthma exacerbation.”

The first clinical use of magnesium for asthma was actually reported back in 1936. Studies show magnesium relaxes bronchial smooth muscles in a dose-dependent manner. Today, the use of magnesium sulfate intravenously is an add-on therapy along with standard treatment in acute and severe asthma exacerbations. (14)

10. Helps Prevent Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. Magnesium sulfate is one of the ways some doctors and pregnant women use to improve or help to prevent preeclampsia. Research shows it has in vivo and in vitro vasodilator properties. What is a vasodilator? It’s something that helps widen blood vessels and improve blood flow. Magnesium sulfate is especially known for its use in the management of severe cases of preeclampsia to prevent the progression to eclampsia, which is the onset of seizures in women with preeclampsia. (15)

Epsom Salt Uses

1. Bone and Joint Pain Relief

When used in a bath or compress, Epsom salt may offer some relief from how uncomfortable you feel. Try soaking in a relaxing bath containing Epsom salt, which is a common natural remedy for joint and bone pain.

2. Heel Spur Aid

Since magnesium is key to bone health, Epsom salt can be a great holistic remedy for a heel spur. A displacement of calcium on the bone causes a heel spur to form on the underside of the heel. Heel spurs can be mildly to extremely painful. One natural solution for healing a heel spur is to soak the foot in a hot (but not too hot) bath with Epsom salt, which helps relieve inflammation and pain.

3. Detoxification and Healing

Epsom salt is a key ingredient in many detoxifying bath recipes. Use it as a stand-alone salt for soaking, or blend it with dried botanicals and essential oils for a more decadent bathing experience.

4. Epsom Salt Bath Recipe

Without a doubt, one of the most common Epsom salt uses is its inclusion in a bath. Combining Epsom salt with baking soda and beneficial lavender oil makes for a simple, easy bath recipe to help you calm down, relieve tension on your muscles, and recover all-around both mentally and physically. Check out this Homemade Healing Bath Salts recipe here.

5. Epsom Salt Foot Soak

If you haven’t tried a foot soak, I highly recommend it. What does Epsom salt do for your feet? Including Epsom salts in a foot bath can help boost magnesium and provide relief for tired, sore feet. Does Epsom salt help infections? Soaking an infected foot or other area of the body in magnesium sulfate water may help to draw out toxins and promote healing of the infected tissue. (16)

Side Effects

Never use a higher dose of Epsom salt than the package label recommends or as your doctor directs. Magnesium sulfate taken orally can make it harder for your body to absorb other medications you take by mouth, especially antibiotics. Avoid taking other medicines within two hours before or after you take magnesium sulfate as a laxative.

If you have rectal bleeding or if you do not have a bowel movement after using magnesium sulfate as a laxative, stop using the medication and call your doctor at once. These may be signs of a more serious condition.

Magnesium in any form, including Epsom salt, must be used with caution in patients with renal failure, since it is processed by the kidneys and can reach toxic levels easily in those patients. Magnesium sulfate is often used to successfully treat preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnant women, but pregnant or nursing women should generally exercise caution and consult their doctors before using.

Common side effects of excessive intake include mild gastrointestinal upset, including nausea, abdominal cramping and/or diarrhea. Serious side effects of magnesium sulfate overdose include allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, breathing difficulties, chest tightness, or swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue), dizziness, flushing, faintness, irregular heartbeat, muscle paralysis or muscle weakness, severe drowsiness, and sweating. You should tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms after using Epsom salt. Serious side effects of Epsom salt are rare when used in recommended dosages.

As always, if you have any questions, are pregnant, nursing, being treated for a medical condition or currently take medication, check with your doctor before internal or external use.

Final Thoughts

  • Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, has a long history of use as a holistic remedy for a wide variety of health concerns.
  • Its benefits are known to include a boost in magnesium, stress reduction, toxin elimination, pain relief and blood sugar improvement.
  • This salt is also a recommended natural remedy by arthritis experts for relief from joint pain and inflammation.
  • It’s also used to treat breathing problems like asthma, and help women prevent or treat preeclampsia and eclampsia.
  • It is commonly taken internally for constipation relief. While a better choice than many conventional laxatives, it is not meant to be a long-term solution.
  • Epsom salts can be used in a garden or house plants as a natural fertilizer to boost health and growth.
  • Try a salt soak (bath or just feet) after a long day, and don’t be surprised if you feel a lot more relaxed when you’re done.

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